New to ZFS? Download step-by-step guide to working with ZFS Snapshots...

Posted by : Dr. Root | 30 March, 2010 | Published in

If you're new to ZFS and if you're looking for a step-by-step guide to better understand how snapshots can be integrated into system administration procedures, there's one available on the Oracle website.

It describes the steps necessary to set up a ZFS filesystem and the use of snapshots including how to create them, use them for backup and restore purposes, and how to migrate them between systems.

You can download it from

Avnet will be running another series of ZFS how-to sessions in the coming months. Watch this space.

NetBeans Platform Development in JavaFX

Posted by : Dr. Root | 26 March, 2010 | Published in

NetBeans Platform developers will soon be able to integrate JavaFX components into their applications. There is currently no official way of accessing JavaFX from Swing, but the NetBeans team is busy working to provide open-sourced API equivalents of JavaFX components.

For the full article and for a sneak preview of the Open API JavaFX library, go to DZone:

From Virtualisation To Cloud Computing - Beyond The Buzzwords (coming to a city near you)

Posted by : Dr. Root | 25 March, 2010 | Published in

Oracle + Intel are currently running a virtualisation roadshow across Europe. They're vitisting 30 European cities and they'll be in Dublin on 13th May.

This half-day seminar will tell you everything you need to know about the benefits of virtualisation. You will learn to recognise the key differences between leading virtualisation solutions and discover how today's decisions on virtualisation may affect long term cloud computing strategies.

Oracle + Intel will be showing and explaining practical, real-life examples and will demonstrate the difference and impact virtualisation can make. From your desktop, all the way to your server, network and storage environment...

You can expect to learn more about:
  • Oracle VM
  • Management Tools
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  • ZFS Open Storage Virtualisation
  • Deployment & Security
This event is free.

To see if it's coming to a city near you, check out:

And to find out more about the Dublin event (and to secure your seat), go to:

Looking forward to seeing some of you there!

How to Avoid Patch Problems When Moving a Local Zone

Posted by : Dr. Root | 24 March, 2010 | Published in

Victor Feng has posted an article on BigAdmin, which should help you if you need to deal with package and patch-level issues when moving a local zone from one host to another on the Oracle Solaris 10 OS.

Find out more:

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Q. How do I reset the root password when it's a ZFS filesystem?

Posted by : Dr. Root | 03 March, 2010 | Published in

Thanks, Shanker. I'm glad you found some of our previous tips helpful! :-)

About resetting the root password for a ZFS filesystem...

There's actually a comprehensive step-by-step guide on BigAdmin that should help you out. I haven't had the chance to test it myself yet. But the second example should do the trick in your situation, since you have another Solaris 10 installed on a second disk with a ZFS root file system. Drop me a line if you have any problems with this.

Step-by-step guide to resetting the root password for a ZFS filesystem:

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